About a hundred youths drawn from different communities in Plateau State were given strategic conflict training in order to boost unity, which has become a challenge in the state in recent time.
The training which held in Jos had participants from both across Christian and Muslim faithfuls as well as youth and community leaders.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the programme, the Director General of IPCR, Dr. Bakut Tswah Bakut, said the participants now have the capability to prevent election and post-election violence in their various communities as well as initiating other peace moves.
Represented by the Deputy Director of the institute, Mrs Ayeni Ninma, the Director General said Plateau youths were becoming more and more aware of their role in peace building and maintenance.
This he said was evident from the peaceful conduct of the recently concluded elections in the state.
Speaking also the Plateau State Deputy Coordinator of National Council of Muslim Youths (NACOMYO), Malam Abdulmajeed Abdullateef commended IPCR management for its commitment to youth training and conflict management awareness.
Abdullateef said IPCR programmes often propelled his association to also push out programmes which are hinged on peace.
He enjoined IPCR to intensify and expand their training to engage youths who use hard drugs, and are normally easy and cheap tools in the hands of politicians to be used as thugs.
According to him, many of the youths on drugs are intelligent and can be turned into positive endeavours once they are rehabilitated.
A representative of the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria Markus Kanda, called for more cooperation among organisations with similar objectives to extend unity and peace in the country.
He said CAN in Plateau State is committed to pursuing peace and to furthering the cause until peace is achieved in all facets of the society.
Responding on behalf of the participants Sumayya Abubakar and Caroline Onwuezobe promised that the trainees would implement what they learnt in their various communities.
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